Inside Chicago's Award-Winning Burr Ridge Estate

What if you could have a team that created the design standard for a whole city backing your custom house? That's exactly who the owners of this 9,372-square-foot concept home partnered with to build an urban oasis in the woods.

Photo via Prudential Rubloff The architects created a wonderful sense of "inside-outside," bringing the surrounding grounds within each room, as in this expansive living room banked with wide windows. Notice the asymmetrical lines of the furnishings -- the sofa, three round coffee tables, irregular cut rugs -- that fit, almost like puzzle pieces, to the room's angled space.

It took a year to design and two years to complete. The post-modern 5-bedroom, 6-bath house won the 2004 Golden Key Award for Excellence in Housing Design for its industrial chic wrapped in a warm, buffed Ralph Lauren-esque sheen. Located about an hour from Chicago in a 7.14-square-mile township carved from glaciers, the burnished cinder block and glass residence hugs a 2.39-acre wooded plot.

Built in 2002, the contemporary home’s pedigree starts with an inspired pick: the architecture and design firm of Charles Vincent George Design Group, a class-act with a history dating back to President Johnson's administration and a portfolio of signature, landmark projects commissioned for the city of Naperville and residences in outlying Hinsdale, Burr Ridge and LaGrange. 

“Our clients are continually surprised by the experience of living in our homes,” Patrick Fortelka, V.P. of Residential Architecture for CVG told channel NCTV17. “They come to care about design as an art form that meets their particular needs.” It's what you might call a “livability” factor. These designers want to set trends as opposed to trying to jump or follow them. That's kept the firm in the top-tier in residential design in Chicago's western suburbs.

To execute, Frank and Mike Hojjat of Burr Ridge-based Cirrus Builders, who specialize in custom luxury homes and manage only a few clients each year, were brought in to top off the team. 

A bit of trivia: About 10,000 people live within in Burr Ridge, home to baseball and football extraordinaire Bo Jackson, who donned uniforms for the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Raiders.

Repped by Diana Ivas of Prudential Rubloff, ask $3.9 million. Last sold in 2000 for $575,000.

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